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The Defense

By D. W. Buffa

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: Australia, 01 November 1997
A riveting and suspenseful debut in the best-selling tradition of Scott Turow and Richard North Patterson.Defense attorney Joseph Antonelli is a stranger to defeat. Inside the courtroom and out, no one can resist his persuasive power. There doesn't seem to be a case - no matter how implausible - that is beyond him. Until the phone rings one crisp April morning and Judge Leopold Rifkin asks Antonelli to defend Johnny Morel, a con man and convicted drug dealer accused of raping his twelve-year-old stepdaughter, Michelle. The prosecution's case is riddled with inconsistencies, and Michelle's history of sexual abuse could be the perfect straw man for the defense. With the testimony of Morel's luscious wife, Denise, there just might be a way out of a conviction.Antonelli has never confused the legal system with justice, so it should have been routine to defend a man he knew was guilty. And it should have ended there. No one suspected it would end in murder. The Defense is a psychological study in suspense. In a world where morality has been reduced to a hefty legal fee and truth to a commodity, The Defense is a tour de force about the strengths of passion, the elusiveness of truth, and the lethal repercussions of injustice.

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D.W. Buffa was a criminal trial lawyer in Oregon for ten years. He won acquittals for the first fifteen people he defended.

EAN: 9781864486070
ISBN: 1864486074
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Books about lawyers and the legal system of the United States have a tendency to be "ho-hum". This novel, however, is exceptional.
The plot revoloves around a highly paid defence lawyer, who can see no ethical problem about stretching the letter of the law to breaking point, as long as it means that HE wins.
Inevitably, there is one case that comes back to haunt him - not immediately, but in increments over the next ten years.
The book really attempts to explore the strengths and shortfalls of the legal system - the balance between the right of every accused to be defended, and the problems to society when the wrong people are defended too well.
I cannot understand why D. W. Buffa is not better known, because I think that this is a top class book of its type.

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